The Belle Center

Charity Basketball Game: The Belle Center Staff vs. The Buffalo Fire Department At D’Youvi

Charity Basketball Game: The Belle Center Staff vs. The Buffalo Fire Department At D’Youvi

Buffalo, New York – June 6, 2012 – The Belle Center, Buffalo Fire Department and Buffalo AmeriCorps are partnering for a charity basketball game hosted at D’Youville College. The fundraiser is to raise awareness and funds to help keep underserved youth off the streets and engaged in a cost free, structured-8 week youth basketball program.

The Charity Basketball Game will take place 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012 at D’Youville College 320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201. This event will create awareness and help raise money for the free basketball program at The Belle Center. The community is invited to participate-tickets are $5; admission is free for children 12 & under.

Proceeds go to support the B.C. Warriors-a free basketball program at The Belle Center that allows over 40 disadvantaged youth between the ages of 12-15 to become involved in an empowering and structured athletic program. The basketball program places a demand on the youth to have a commitment to physical fitness and academics.

There are two teams, an A and B, which allows no youth to be turned away. All youth must have a minimum average of 85% in order to play on the A team. If they score less than 85% they are provided with the support of a tutor and placed on probation until the requirement is met. In addition, the team encourages parental involvement to increase and strengthen the network of support for youth on the team.

The youth basketball team will wrap up a successful season with a banquet, honoring all team members for their athletic and academic accomplishments throughout the season. The banquet will also be a time to honor team member’s parents and other supporters for their commitment to the youth basketball program.

“Playing basketball is fun, but playing for a cause is even better,” said James McNeil, B.C. Warriors Head Coach. “We are happy to offer this free youth basketball program at The Belle Center and with the support of The Buffalo Fire Department, D’Youville College and Buffalo AmeriCorps we are hoping to raise funds to pay for their end of the year banquet. The banquet will highlight the team as a whole, and their individual achievements on the court and in the classroom. We want for our youth to know that we care, and have a vested interest in their future success.”

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About The Belle Center: The Belle Center is a non-profit community center that bridges the gaps to success for youth and families. Headquartered on the Lower West Side of Buffalo, NY The Belle Center has over three decades of service to the community. It provides over 15 premier programs and services to the citizens of Western New York. Our vision is to: “improve lives, create opportunities and foster self-sufficiency” for the hundreds of youth & families who frequent The Center on a daily basis. Our Center offers services with the flexibility to grow along with our children and youth. For more information join us for one of our bi-weekly tours, visit: www.thebellecenter.org/tours.